BSS, Pirojpur : Tahura Begum, daughter of Altaf Hossain of Pattasi village under Indurkani Upazila became frustrated and abandoned her hope of getting justice in a family case as she was unable to run the case in lack of money. At that time District Legal Aid Committee extended support to her to move the case in the court, which finally ended with a verdict in her fabour. Tapashi Mondol of Shikder Mallick village under Sadar Upazila, was fighting in the court with the support of government's legal aid to establish her right in the paternal property. "I'm undone without legal aid support of the government," she said. The two are the examples of many other poor women, men, divorcees and oppressed people who are getting support from the legal aid services of the government to establish their rights. In last one year a total of 512 justice seekers have received legal aid services in the district under the National Legal Aid Services Act, 2000 with disposal of 339 cases, according to the officials. Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina framed the act in 2000 to pave the way of giving legal services to the financially insolvent and helpless marginal people including man women and children. Unfortunately, the subsequent BNP and caretaker governments held the law in abeyance for eight years. After taking office in 2009 the Awami League government brought some amendments to the law making it effective. District Judge Court source said legal aid services were given in 105 cases from January to June this year, giving release to the litigants from immense sufferings.
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